Working on Sunnyville Stories Volume 2

With Anthrocon nearly here and my original graphic novel to finish inking, I’ve decided to go ahead and prepare my second book Sunnyville Stories Volume 2 for printing.

Just as a reminder, this book will contain episodes 4, 5, 6, and 7 plus the Sunnyville Sketchbook and an additional two short vignettes.  On top of all that, this book will be longer than the first volume.  The first book was 128 pages while this one will be 200 pages!  

Design and layout notes for Sunnyville volume 2

Here are the design and layout notes I’ve written down for the second book. To make sure everything is in order, I have to manually count each page and what’s on it. Besides that, I also have to sketch out the book’s page layouts to make sure I don’t end up with too many or too little. I can’t afford to have any wasted pages in this book.

This book will have all the usual pages – there’s a half-title page and full-title page.  There’s a page with credits and copyright info as well as the ISBN.  There’s an epigraph, contents page, and an introduction by me.  The last pages are contact information, a little about me, a list of upcoming books and vendors who sell them, and a few house ads.

Digtal processing of Sunnyville Volume 2 files


There’s my work computer and files of the book’s pages that I’m preparing for the printers.

There’s still some work to be done in spite of the fact that I have nearly all that I need.  Some of the comics pages have to be touched up.  Some of the art needs to be fixed up and there’s a couple of mistakes I have to correct.

In addition, I also have to make sure the book covers are correctly formatted, assign an ISBN, and obtain a barcode.  Another thing that the second volume will have that the first one didn’t will be a Library of Congress Card Catalog Number (LCCN for short).  What is that?  It’s a special identification number used not only by the Library of Congress, but the library trade as well.  With this, not only will my books be in the Library of Congress – they could be in many other libraries.  Many libraries, public and private, subscribe to the LOC catalog and order books based on the LCCNs.  In short, the LCCN is the equivalent of the ISBN for the library trade.

Stay tuned this to blog.  I’ll keep you posted on the progress of the next volume.

That’s all for now.  Subscribe to the RSS feed or via email if you haven’t already.  If you represent a public or school library system and you’re interested in carrying Sunnyville Stories Volume 1, please contact Brodart Company as they carry the work wholesale.  Make sure you buy a copy of Sunnyville Stories Volume 1 or get a copy from these other retailers.  And don’t forget that copies of Sunnyville Stories are available on Amazon!

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About Max West

I am a freelance artist and the creator of Sunnyville Stories, an independent slice-of-life comics series.
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